Russia has an extraordinarily rich cultural tradition, including:
Chagall, Vrubel, Malevich, Kandinsky
Tchaikovksy, Mussorgsky, Skriabin, Rachmaninov, Prokofiev, Shostakovich
Eisenstein, Dovzhenko, Paradzhanov, Tarkovsky, Muratova, Sokurov, Zviagintsev
Dancers and Choreographers
Nijinsky, Plisetskaya, Nuriev, Baryshnikov
Gogol, Dostoevsky, Tolstoy, Chekhov, Babel, Zamyatin, Bulgakov, Nabokov, Solzhenitsyn, Tolstaya
Pushkin, Lermontov, Tiutchev, Blok, Akhmatova, Mandelstam, Tsvetaeva, Pasternak, Mayakovsky, Khlebnikov, Brodsky and others, whose works can only be truly appreciated in Russian.
Did we mention hockey... figure skating... tennis...